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Noiseborder Festival 2018 | University of Windsor School of Creative Arts
May 14 @ 7:30 pm - June 1 @ 8:00 pm
The University of Windsor School of Creative Arts annual Noiseborder Festival takes place at the Noiseborder Multimedia Performance Lab and SoCA Armouries building in downtown Windsor on May 14 to June 1, 2018.
The Noiseborder Festival features three weeks of multimedia performances, interactive installations, improvisation, concerts and screenings. Visiting artists include pianist Megumi Masaki; video game, film and concert music composer Sahlia Wong; and interdisciplinary media artist and curator Chris Myhr.
Most events are short with lots of opportunity for discussion and socializing.
All events are free admission.
All events take place in either one of these two locations:
The Noiseborder Multimedia Performance Lab (NMPL)
Room 107 in the SoCA Freedom Way building, 360 Freedom Way, Windsor, ON
SoCA Gallery: SoCA Armouries building, 37 University Ave, Windsor, ON
Schedule of Events
Justin James and Anthony Gomez workshop Ableton Live 10 | May 14 at 7:30pm, NMPL
Local DJS Justin James and Anthony Gomez present a workshop for electronic musicians focused on Ableton Live 10 software and Push hardware.
Noiseborder Ensemble Performance: Outer Drive + Epiphanies | May 15 at 6pm, NMPL
The Noiseborder Ensemble presents two recent pieces in an open recording session. Outer Drive (8 minutes) is composed by Brent Lee with video by Chris McNamara; Epiphanies (20 minutes) is composed by Douglas Finch with video by Sigi Torinus. Both pieces feature Megumi Masaki on piano.
Kiki Athanassiadis and Alex Curci Installation: Analog | Print | Data | May 16 at 6pm, NMPL
Sigi Torinus and Yiru Chen Workshop: Projection Mapping | May 17 at 3pm, NMPL
This workshop explores mapping video projections on physical surfaces, moving away from the traditional confines of the square screen to sculptures and architecture/building facades. The goal of the workshop is to create several projection mapping installations that will be shown in the exhibition Luminous Flux I in the SoCA gallery on May 29.
Alex Curci workshop: Raspberry Pi Media Players | May 17 at 6pm, NMPL
This workshop demonstrates the use of Raspberry Pi microcomputers as Media Players for audiovisual installations.
José Seoane installation Time Room | May 22-25, Opening May 22 at 6pm, SoCA Gallery
José Seoane’s TIME ROOM is a video installation based on ideas around time, not in the conventional sense regarding measurement and linearity, but as a symbolic element in our lives occupying “space.” Official opening on May 22 at 6pm.
Sahlia Wong screening: STABLE | May 23 at 6pm, NMPL
STABLE is a historical short film about a discharged WWII soldier who struggles to complete his first project as a propaganda artist on the Canadian home-front. Windsor-based composer Sahlia Wong created the soundtrack for the film and will discuss her approach to scoring the soundtrack for the film.
Noiseborder Ensemble performance: Haddingjar | May 25 at 6pm, NMPL
Haddingjar (2016) is an 11-minute work for chamber ensemble and live electronics with optional interactive video created by Brent Lee. Commissioned by the Calgary-based Rubbing Stone Ensemble, this performance will be an Ontario premiere. The ensemble will play the work twice with an introduction from the composer.
Sigi Torinus, Brent Lee, Meaghen Quinn performance/installation: X Vitro | May 28 at 6pm, NMPL
X Vitro is an intricate interactive environment created by Sigi Torinus and Brent Lee that is populated by physical objects (glass speakers/projection surfaces) that require consideration of the mapping and navigation of space by both musician and gallery visitor. For this first presentation, Meaghen Quinn will perform the installation in the new Noiseborder Multimedia Performance Lab.
Luminous Flux installation | May 29, at 6pm, SoCA Gallery
A video projection mapping exhibition by Kiki Athanassiadis, Yiru Chen, Adrienne Crossman, Alex Curci, Justin Elliott, Czarina Mendoza, Brodie MacPhail, April Morris, Paul Napigkit, Julian Pawlaczyk, Max Pecoraro, Dominic Pinney, Imogen Wilson, Logan Wood, Jude Abu Zaineh.
David Bergeron, Martin Schiller, Brent Lee performance: No Net Techno 2 | May 29 at 7:30pm, NMPL
Following the success of last year’s festival event, No Net Techno 2 is an improvised techno jam featuring laptop performers residing in Windsor.
Sonic Arts student concert | May 30 at 6pm, NMPL
This one-hour concert will feature new electronic music created by students in SoCA’s Sonic Art class.
David Bergeron and Imogen Wilson performance: Virtual Mentality | May 30 at 7:30pm, NMPL
An audio video collaborative improvisation featuring Imogen Wilson and David Bergeron. The improvisation will explore the re-contextualization and recycling of found audio and video.
Noiseborder Ensemble w/ Chris Myhr performance: 60 Cycle Hum | May 31 at 6pm, NMPL
The Noiseborder Festival welcomes visiting artist Chris Myhr for a performance of his 60 Cycle Hum, an audiovisual performance featuring vocalists drawing 60 breaths, and with each exhalation humming a pitch of 60 hertz (i.e. frequency of North American electrical supply). When each performer has hummed through 60 breaths, the performance is over. Overlapping lissajous figures of the overall composition are projected within the space.
Chris McNamara and Nicholas Papador performance: Process of Elimination/Crooked Beat | May 31 at 7:30pm, NMPL
Noiseborder Ensemble colleagues Chris McNamara and Nicholas Papador present their work-in-progress Process of Elimination/Crooked Beat, a project that explores the music and visuals of the post-punk era.
Chris Myhr installation: Fathoms | June 1 at 6pm, NMPL
The final event of the Noiseborder Festival 2018 is an installation of Chris Myhr’s audiovisual composition Fathoms: the Weight of Smoke. This work features video footage of debris clouds hovering above the Atlantic seafloor, together with abstracted motion-graphic animation of sea-faring artifacts (i.e. mariners’ pipes). Sound design comprised of ambient recordings from the spaces within various containers recovered from these underwater sites (i.e. ceramic vessels, bottles, artillery shells). Part of a body of work entitled Point-Line-Intersection which examines the interrelationships between culture and natural water systems. Produced through support from the Canada Council.
About the Noiseborder Multimedia Performance Lab (NMPL)
The Noiseborder Multimedia Performance Lab (NMPL) is a facility at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada dedicated to research and creation involving sound, light, and moving images. Since its inception in 2010, the NMPL has hosted artists and researchers from Canada, the United States, and Europe. Established with the support of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the NMPL supports research/creation projects undertaken by University of Windsor faculty and advanced students, as well as, workshops and performances by local and visiting artists.
The Noiseborder Multimedia Performance Lab (NMPL) consists of three physical spaces: a new multimedia studio, a single-user development studio, and a storage space for equipment and works-in-progress.
The co-directors of the NMPL are Prof. Sigi Torinus and Dr. Brent Lee, University of Windsor
Faculty – Artists/Researchers
Nicholas Papador, University of Windsor
Megumi Masaki, Brandon University
Chris McNamara, University Of Michigan
Trevor Pittman, University of Windsor
Kiki Athanassiadis (2016- )
Nicolas Alexander de Cosson (2016-2017)
Graduate Research Assistants
David Bergeron (2016- )
Sarah Kelly (2015-17)
Matt Lepain (2017- )
Pianist Megami Masaki is professor of piano at Brandon University
Award-winning Canadian pianist Megumi Masaki has established herself as an international artist renowned for her warmth and rapport with audiences and her superb musicianship. Her multi-faceted career as acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue has taken her across Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. Megumi is a leading interpreter of contemporary music. She specializes in exploring how sound, image and movement can be integrated in live performances of multimedia works. Megumi frequently collaborates with composers, visual artists, writers and choreographers on interdisciplinary projects involving new technologies to enhance the dynamic interaction between creator and performer. She has commissioned numerous works and has premiered over 70 works worldwide.
Megumi has recently performed throughout North America and Europe in such venues as the Barbican’s Sound Unbound Festival UK, De Doelen in Rotterdam NL, Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music Paris (IRCAM), Royal Academy of Music’s Discovery & Development Series, CoLab Festival Trinity Laban London, Royal College of Music, Sonorities Festival Belfast, Dark Music Days Festival Reykjavik, Winnipeg New Music Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and National Art Gallery Ottawa.
Megumi is the Artistic Director of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, a member of the interdisciplinary Noiseborder Ensemble and Slingshot-Kidõ, and teaches piano and chamber music at the Casalmaggiore International Festival Italy. Megumi is Professor of Piano, director of the New Music Ensemble and New Music Festival at Brandon University. Her success in teaching was recognized with the 2010 Brandon University Alumni Association’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Composer Sahlia WongSahlia Wong
Sahlia has written for the Budapest Art Orchestra, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Windsor Symphony Orchestra string quartet, the Kindred Spirits String Orchestra, University of Toronto Master Chorale, Boomwhacker Orchestra, and Windsor Centre for the Creative Arts choir.
She has scored several short films by creators from Sheridan College and Ryerson University, as well independent films and video games.
An upcoming graduate of Berklee College of Music (Master in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games), Sahlia holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Toronto and an ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor. Sahlia served as music director to the First Hungarian Presbyterian Church, and has appeared as a pianist with the Greater Windsor Concert Band Jazz Ensemble, and the Windsor Essex Youth Choir.
Chris Myhr is an interdisciplinary media artist and curator whose practice engages with sound, photography, the moving image, as well as responsive electronics and installation. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Recent works have deployed surround-sound and surface-transduction technologies, together with visual programming languages and physical computing in the generation of immersive, site-specific listening environments which address the interconnected relationships between sound, body, and space. Chris is on the McMaster University’s School of the Arts faculty in Hamilton, Ontario.
School of Creative Arts’ Mission: To inspire in students a passion for music, visual arts, sound and film production; empowering them to be creators and critical thinkers, and preparing them for performing arts professions.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Brent Lee
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
(519) 253-3000 x2034
Room 214 A Chrysler Hall Tower